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Power Plays at the Louvre Museum

Power Plays exhibition at the Louvre Museum

From 27 September 2017 to 02 July 2018

Most people often draw a distinction between propaganda and art, perhaps due to the negative connotations that the word 'propaganda' conjures up. In reality, however, art and propaganda are not mutually exclusive. In fact, history contains numerous accounts of art being employed by political authorities to influence public opinion on key national issues as well as to shape the collective consciousness of their subjects.

The use of art as a propaganda tool undoubtedly reached its zenith in the twentieth century. The totalitarian regimes of iconic figures like Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong used idealized artworks to depict the new socialist utopia they strongly believed their nations had achieved. Others like the NAZI party employed constructivist and expressionistic art to drum up support for their war effort. Indeed, the twentieth-century art was a centerpiece of the power play that existed in a highly volatile world that was just beginning to modernize

The Louvre's Petite Galerie is currently hosting an exhibition to explore the dynamic ways in which art has been used as a tool for propaganda in history, past and present. The exhibition explores socio-political implications of propaganda art as well as the contributions propaganda art has made to art history in terms of aesthetic and functionality. This is definitely a must-attend for anyone with interest in history and art.

Paul Mironneau, Director of the Musée National et Domaine du Château de Pau ;
Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre ;

Project Manager :
Florence Dinet, Musée du Louvre

Practical information

From September 27, 2017, to July 2, 2018

Address :
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Opening hours:
From Wednesday to Monday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Late-night openings: Wednesdays and Fridays, until 10 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays

Free for under-18s and EU residents under 26